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Scores dead in Congo munitions depot blasts - Africa - Al Jazeera English

More than 100 people have been killed in a series of explosions at a munitions depot in the Republic of Congo's capital Brazzaville, the interior minister said.

"There are more than 100 dead. The injured are difficult to enumerate for the moment," Raymond Mboulou said by telephone, citing civilian and military hospital sources after a European diplomat said at least 150 people died.

Didier Boutsindi of the presidential office said untold numbers of people were trapped in a church that collapsed.

The explosions were heard across the Congo River in Kinshasa, the capital of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The blasts, which began around 8am local time, all occurred within an hour of one another, witnesses said, but the cause of the fire was not clear. 

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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